UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 10:52am
BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — It's a homeowners worst nightmare; years of memories and hard work up in flames because of a wildfire.
"It doesn't have to be a huge wildfire, it can be very small and just catch something on you home on fire and burn down very quickly," said Texas A&M Regional Fire Coordinator, Jared Karns.
It's a nightmare we see all too often in Texas though and while the city of Bryan luckily hasn't see the widespread devastation from wildfires like Bastrop has; the fire department still helped battle more than 100 fires that year.
"2011 really, I believe, made us more aware," said Bryan Fire Chief Randy McGregor.
In an effort to better protect the city, Chief McGregor turned to the Texas A&M Forest Service for help.
Together the two organizations expanded off the Forest Service's "Community Wildfire Protection Plan to create Bryan's "Wildfire Pre-Attack Plan."
"By having a better understanding of the conditions here locally, understanding what types of fuels we have here locally helps us better understand how to fight it and approach it, which equates to a better response, a safer response to get the fires put out and keep our folks safe," said Chief McGregor.
It's a plan unlike any other and one you can even find as an app on your smart phone.
"It's a model for the rest of the state in creating preparedness in your fire departments," said Karns. "Hopefully it'll be a model across the country and it's definitely the first of its kind in the state and you can really thank Chief McGregor and the fire department for that."